Intro to lit final review - ENGLISH REVIEW PLAYS Sophocles...

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ENGLISH REVIEW PLAYS Sophocles Oedipus Rex -takes place in thebes -oedipus praying to free them from the curse -destroyed crops/livestock, woman are sterile -Creon returns and Laius was killed -Oedipus swears to solve the murder -Teiresisas a seer arrived, led by a little boy to help solve murder -Teirresisas blaims Oedipus for being Thebes pollution -Chorus left alone on stage Susan Glaspell Trifles -Feminist literature -Loosely based on true events Sheriff: Henry Peters: Minimize the importance of women in society Young county attorney: George Henderson Neighbor: Lewis Hale, 2nd one to discover John was dead behind Minnie, paid a visit to their home and Minnie told him John Wright: Farmer & Husband- died Minnie Wright: alleged killer, similar to the bird (really sweet and pretty, but kind of timid and fluttery) Mrs. Peters: Notice vital details that the men did not care about: ruined fruit preserves, bead that had been left out of its box, unfinished quilt, half clean/half messy table top, empty bird cage. Reveal bleakness of Mrs. Wrights emotional life Mrs. Hale: Neighborhood, comments about how Minnie is childless Discover a fancy little box, inside wrapped in silk is a dead canary. Neck has been wrung. Mr Wright did not like canary’s beautiful song (symbol of his wifes desire for free- dom and happiness). Mr. Wright busted the cage door and strangled the bird. Do not tell the men about their discovery. Don’t tell the men about this little “trifle” Play ends with the characters exiting the kitchen and the women announcing they have discovered Mrs. Wright’s quilt making style (She “knots it” instead of “quilts it”) Men think the women are inferior Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie -Partly autobiographical -Stand in for Tennessee himself, reflects William’s memories of his own youth Amanda Wingfield: Laura and Tom’s mother, proud and vivacious woman. Southern belle. Clings to her younger years. Not evil but is deeply flawed. Laura Wingfield: Amanda’s daughter and Tom’s older sister. Wears a brace on her bad leg and walks with a limp. 23 years old and shy. Devotes herself to old records and her collection of glass figurines. Never does anything to hurt anyone else. Blue roses (pleur- osis) and unicorn. Delicate as a glass figurine. Liked Jim in high school.
Tom Wingfield: Amanda’s son and Laura’s younger brother. Aspiring poet and works at a shoe warehouse to support the family. Frustrated with numbing routine of his job and escapes from it through movies, literature, and alcohol. Wants to escape.

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